Relaxing at Ixtapa Island

I was really happy to be going back to Ixtapa Island with a group of friends. We were going  a little earlier this time when the tide would be in and better for snorkeling.  I have my new “go pro” camera for under water video photography and I’m anxious to share pictures of the fish.  The go-pro is a tiny camera and I have a strap that mounts it on my head so I should be able to swim and the camera sees what I see.  That part works well. The difficult part is getting it set to video, as I said it is tiny, about 2 inches by 3 inches and the settings are also very tiny. So I cross over to the Coral Beach from where we all like to gather, sit at the edge of the water, put my fins on and try to turn the camera on.  In my “golden years” I have become very farsighted.  This translates to I can’t read anything close up with out my glasses. So I take off the fins, cross back over the trail, put on my glasses and set the camera, take off the glasses and walk back and start over on my swim to photo the fish.  I do get some nice pictures of fish, but there is more footage of the trail and me putting on and off fins and mask than of the colorful tropical fish. There has to be an easier way.

There is something about the beach that relaxes everyone. It is more that just the drinks and good food, combine that with sunshine and a cooling breeze, gorgeous scenery and everyone laughs, aches and pains melt away,worries disappear. We share stories, tease one another and even the Senor looses his grouchiness.

My wish for everyone is, find the time, make the time to enjoy this kind of happiness. Time is too precious, none of us know what tomorrow brings. Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is unknown, but today is a gift, and that is why it is called “the present”. Enjoy your every gift.

Still waiting on my new internet service to arrive,  so no new pictures. I’m learning the patience of the Mexicans, there is always manana.  Signing off KO



I’ve Been Busy


My friend Bonnie and I went snorkeling at Ixtapa Island on Wednesday morning, got a nice early start meeting her at the bus stop at 9:00. We checked in with the folks at Paradisio Escondido, staked out a claim on a table and a couple of lounge chairs for later and walked over the hill to the Coral Beach, the better  snorkeling area.


Saw beautiful fish!  I saw a small school of what I will call ghost fish.  They were so white and so thin, almost transparent yet large in size.  I almost didn’t see them util I was in the midst of

Swimming beach I like to swim out and around the sail boats

them. Bonnies saw what she called a trumpet fish, along slender fish with a trumpet shaped face. A little sangria, a wonderful breaded fish fillet we shared, a little swimming, sunning and reading and we headed back to town.

Thursday way our big night on the town. Dinner was at Don Nemos and because it was quite full we sat upstairs in the “Campanile” or bell tower. I really like the fish fillets there, it’s probably one of my most favorite places to eat. The Senor had lasagne. It always amuses me that the Senor comes to Mexico to eat Italian food. From there we had night caps at The flophouse, another favorite place.  We had a second night cap at a new place a few doors down called Fireball. The Senor and the other gentlemen in our building have made a reservations there for the Super Bowl as it has full wall projection TV.

Quail Eggs in cartons 40.62 pesos a carton

Friday  I had some shopping to do at the Comercial and this was the first time I had ever seen eggs other than chicken eggs in a store. I really wanted to buy a carton, but I know the Senors eating habits and quail eggs isn’t on the list.

Friday afternoon I was back selling T-shirts for Sailfest and hawking concert tickets.  I am looking forward to Sailfest starting Sunday, a whole week of interesting events. Most are things I can do and enjoy even if the Senor dosen’t feel up to them.

Bomberos street fair on Calle Adelita the bright lights at the back is where the band stage was.

At the last minute I discovered that Friday night was the Bomberos Street Fair on Calle Adelita, so after selling T-shirts I hurried back to the apartment, quickly fixed our dinners so I could go the the street fair. They have had them the last couple of years to raise funds for more and better equipment for the firefighters, but for one reason or another I’ve never managed to attend. I knew the Senor would not want to go, to far for him to walk with his siatica acting upwalk and no guarenteen of a place to sit. Well I was impressed! This event is huge. I wish I had arrived much earlier and could have found a place to sit with friends, but every table and chair was taken. The young Mexican band, Expression Inmune, that we have followed since they used to practice in the street under our balcony was the band and a dance contest was in progress. I was so impressed of the stamina of a couple of older gentlemen who managed to keep up with their very cute, very young dance partners. Maybe that is just self explanatory in its self. Anyway it was a great fun event , next year I want to go with some friends, get there when it starts, and really enjoy it. Signing off KO